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Kevin Durant shines down the stretch

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: January 10, 2010 at 12:29 am •  Published: January 10, 2010

/articleid/3431027/1/pictures/812997">Photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) fights Indiana's Roy Hibbert (45) for a rebound during the basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Indiana Pacers, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma CIty. PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) fights Indiana's Roy Hibbert (45) for a rebound during the basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Indiana Pacers, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma CIty. PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN
"And if he did it again I would hope that he would make the same three plays. We just missed shots when he was double teamed.”

The Pacers chose to not double team Durant, instead playing him straight up with Rush and Danny Granger. Durant made the Pacers pay.

"I told myself after that New Orleans game not to ever do that again, not to be a guy that is one of the main guys on the floor and not be aggressive,” Durant said. "I think that hurts my team. So I told myself coming into that fourth just to be aggressive...That’s another step in me becoming a better player, just knowing when to pick and choose my spots in the fourth quarter.”

Equally as impressive on the night was that Durant grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds, dished three assists and turned the ball over twice. The turnovers had been a problem area for Durant over the past month, but he was effective and an efficient 12-for-18 from the field in 38 minutes.

"It gives me a lot of confidence that I can do it every game,” Durant said of his clutch performance.


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